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June 2022 ABCDI Virtual Training Workshop

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When: The course will take place over four Fridays: June 3, 10 and 17 and 24
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Central Time
Where: This will be a virtual training via Zoom.
Who Should Attend: People who seek an introduction to or refresher of ABCD in the context of communities of identity and place and want to know:

  • How does a community move toward a wider circle of people working together to realize goals?
  • How can my organization more actively support the concerns and efforts of local people?
  • How do I make ABCD work in my neighborhood?
  • The power of co-production
  • How might ABCD address income and race disparity?
  • How to move from relief to development
  • What does it take to create a healthy community?
Photos of 3 trainers - Darryl Answer, April Doner and John McKnight

Workshop Leaders: The course will be led by two experienced ABCD Stewards affiliated with the ABCD Institute at DePaul University – Darryl Answer and April Doner The Co-Founder of the ABCD Institute, John McKnight, will also make a guest presentation.

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Grant Writing Through an Asset-Based Lens

Using ABCD as a Pedagogical Tool in a Project-Based Learning Course

Time: June 21, 11:00 AM CDT (1 - 1.5 hours)


This session shares the experiences of a project-based learning course that sought to design a young black leaders academy in Niagara Falls, New York. To create an all-new youth academy from scratch requires a broad and diverse set of skills (e.g., business plan development, marketing, web design, etc.) that, even collectively as a class, we do not possess. Therefore, the students have to use their own assets and networks to seek out the gifts of their friends, colleagues, and others in their networks. As the students learn the principles and practices of Asset-Based Community Development, they have to put these into action in order to meet the learning objectives of the course.

Presenter: David B. Taylor, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Niagara University

Facilitator: Howard Rosing, Executive Director of the Steans Center, DePaul University
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Upcoming Sessions: 

  • July 19: Mark Chupp, Case Western Reserve University - Building Capacity for Authentic University-Community Engagement

Faith-Rooted Training for Your Organiz​ation

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ABCD in Action: How Can ABCD Support Communities Before, During, And After Disasters?

NEW DATES! But it is not bureaucrats who will be the first-responders when the next disaster, whether brought by terrorists or some other agent, comes. It won’t even be the police or firefighters. It will be our neighbors, it will be the strangers in the next car, it will be our family members. ~ Lee Clarke, disaster sociologist

As we think about recent disasters in our world - both natural disasters as well as human-made  - what are we learning about the role of “community” before, during, and after these traumatic experiences? How can ABCD support communities to prepare and respond to disasters? What role do we all play? Join us for an opportunity to explore these questions together.

* We will be hosting two Global Gatherings that focus on the same question. Please register for only one of these.

ABCD in Action Rural ABCD Community of Practice

This CoP started in May 2021 and we are going to be meeting monthly to talk and learn from each other about our rural ABCD work. We meet on the last Thursday of the month at 10 am ET. We have created a new forum to help keep the conversation going.
You must be a member of ABCD in Action, but it is free and easy to sign up. 
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Other ABCD Events

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Celebrating Neighbours: Measuring the Impact of ABCD​

Time: June 7-9, 2022 | London, ON​

This event will convene Canada’s premier community development leaders and neighbourhood practitioners to explore the impact of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and leading neighbourhood and community revitalizing strategies.

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Tamarack Institute ABCD Community of Practice

The aim of the bi-monthly Asset-Based Community Development Community of Practice (ABCD CoP) is to go deeper on ABCD practice and explore helpful tools and resources by bringing together practitioners and residents who are applying or are seeking to apply an ABCD approach to their community development work.
For more information and sign up

Jeder Institute’s Days Starting with T: ABCD and Participatory Community Building Teaching and Learning Series

Every Tuesday we offer ABCD and community building teaches at 8am and 8pm AEST
Every Thursday we have Guest Speakers at 8am and 8pm AEST
Every Sunday we share a “what’s coming up for the week” on social media
Upcoming guests; Heather Keam, ABCD Canada; Mike Green, ABCD for Inclusion; Peter Kenyon, Bank of IDEAS 
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International Association for Community Development (IACD) Oceania Online Practitioner Catch ups

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 12pm AEST
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Workshop Offering: Friendship as Foundation

Inspired by an article by John McKnight, ABCD Steward, Jess Wyatt, developed the foundations for a workshop rooted in ABCD principles and practices for the broader ABCD community. Friendship as Foundation - Softening the boundaries between Being and Doing in relationship with others and yourself is a month-long online transformational experience where participants will leave feeling more aligned and energetic in their mind, body, and spirit through a practice of nurturing friendship and physical movement. READ MORE
Contact Jess Wyatt for more information on cost and logistics.

ABCD and First Nations

The group meets on the last Tuesday (Monday for our US friends) of each month at 9am Australian Eastern Standard Time. The zoom calls are a place for First Nations (Indigenous) practitioners or practitioners working with First Nations communities to come together and share stories, tools and practices. 

Anyone who would like to join us can email Steward Michelle Dunscombe at

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